Old Friends to Receive Special Eclipse Award

Cross-posted from The BloodHorse.com The nonprofit Thoroughbred retirement center Old Friends will be presented the Special Eclipse Award at ceremonies Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. The award selection of Old Friends was announced Dec. 19 by event sponsors National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers and… Continue reading Old Friends to Receive Special Eclipse Award

Get Old Friends on film

Film makers Dan Rhema and Dave Henry have launched their new documentary project about Michael Blowen and the Thoroughbreds of Old Friends Equine. Old Friends the film will tell the story of the farm and its extraordinary athletes through interviews with Hall of Fame jockeys, trainers, owners, celebrity fans, volunteers and visitors. With your help,… Continue reading Get Old Friends on film

Michael Blowen to receive award for giving Thoroughbreds a safe retirement

Maureen Harmonay writes the following for the Equine Advocacy Examiner: Michael Blowen, the former Boston Globe film critic who left a desk job to dedicate his life to the rescue and care of former thoroughbred racehorses at Old Friends, the sanctuary he founded in Georgetown, Kentucky, will receive the MSPCA-Angell "Human Hero Award" at their… Continue reading Michael Blowen to receive award for giving Thoroughbreds a safe retirement

Old Friends at Cabin Creek: Bobby Frankel Division is born in Greenfield

Cross-posted from The Saratogian By SAM HOLLINGSWORTH GREENFIELD CENTER, NY, 6th Dec. 2009 — A local family and friends are helping give some retired race horses the post-racing life they deserve. Mark and Joann Pepper, who own and operate Cabin Creek Farm just outside of Saratoga Springs, have hooked up with Michael Blowen, president and… Continue reading Old Friends at Cabin Creek: Bobby Frankel Division is born in Greenfield

Nation’s horse lovers raced to the rescue (US)

Neglected animals found at N.Y. farm Cross-posted from the Lexington Herald-Leader at Kentucky.com By JOE DRAPE | New York Times News Service | Story URL One horse is being retrained to become a hunter-jumper in Virginia. A half-dozen or so of his former neighbors rollick in the pasture and munch carrots in Pennsylvania. Seven more… Continue reading Nation’s horse lovers raced to the rescue (US)

The Stars shine bright at “Old Friends”

Story filed by RICK CAPONE for OnMyNews International . Photograph of Creator also by © Rick Capone 2008. ------- A deep love of horses led Michael Blown to create a retirement farm for thoroughbred stallions. "You know what is amazing about this? You don't even know where this is going to lead." Those words turned… Continue reading The Stars shine bright at “Old Friends”

Horse lover’s project saves retired racers from slaughterhouse

Published today online on Boston.com Here is the opening excerpt (link to full story at bottom) GEORGETOWN, Ky. - It all started with a shovel and a pile of manure at Suffolk Downs, circa 1997. Michael Blowen, the eclectic movie critic of the Boston Globe, was in love with the horses. He wanted to learn… Continue reading Horse lover’s project saves retired racers from slaughterhouse

Old Friends, Affirmed Success and Williamstown, find sanctuary with Blowen

OLD FRIENDS EQUINE reports they have added multiple stakes winner AFFIRMED SUCCESS and son of Seattle Slew WILLIAMSTOWN to their illustrious roster of retired Thoroughbred champion racehorses. Michael Blowen describes how these "Old Friends" came to their sanctuary: AFFIRMED SUCCESS was at the Kentucky Horse Park in the Parade of Breeds but, in their wisdom,… Continue reading Old Friends, Affirmed Success and Williamstown, find sanctuary with Blowen